Lauren is the Executive Director of Abacus Learning Centre, which she and a small group of parents and supporters opened in 2008. Lauren has a son with ASD and has worked in the ABA therapy field for 16 years. After experiencing the difficulties of running a home-based ABA program herself, Lauren is passionate about removing many of those stresses for others by providing a centre- based ABA early intervention service that also supports the child’s transition to school environments and ongoing.
Lauren is on the Board of Directors and worked as a senior ABA therapist and Business Manager at Abacus prior moving into the role of Executive Director, looking after the overall running of the Centre. With a compelling belief in the benefits of ABA as an early intervention therapy for children with autism, Lauren is dedicated to providing that opportunity for as many families as possible by offering flexible, cost-effective and family focussed ABA programs.
Emma has worked in the ABA field since it first came to Australia 20 years ago. While completing a psychology degree at the University of Melbourne, she started work as an ABA therapist, and has since worked in schools, kindergartens and early intervention centres, as well as in home-based programs. Emma has conducted training and information sessions on ABA on many occasions throughout Melbourne, country Victoria and interstate.
Emma has been an ABA Program Consultant since 2003, and was involved in the formation of Abacus Learning Centre.
Emma is also the Clinical Director of the Learning for Life Autism Centre and worked for many years with Victorian ABA Providers. In these roles she has provided ABA program supervision to families throughout Victoria, and in Tasmania and South Australia. She has also supervised school-based programs, run a school behavioural consultancy program, and provided training to schools across these states.
Last year Emma was nominated as a finalist in the Victorian Disability Sector Awards in the category of Excellence in Improving Learning and Development Outcomes. Abacus is extremely fortunate to have Emma’s extensive ABA experience available to its clients and staff.
After completing her university studies, Nina spent ten years working with blind and vision impaired clients at RVIB and Vision Australia Foundation before taking time off to have children. After returning to work as a learning assistant, Nina discovered her true passion when she started working as an ABA therapist at Abacus.
Now, as Executive Manager, Nina facilitates the timely running of sessions and program meetings for staff and clients, ensuring Abacus is functioning smoothly and client and staff needs are met. As Executive Manager, Nina manages all facets of scheduling, ensuring Abacus is functioning smoothly and client and staff needs are met. Nina is the first formal point of contact for Clients and Team Members and supervises the overall management and quality of the therapy team.
Lynette completed her Masters of Psychology at Monash University. She has worked as an ABA therapist with Abacus since its inception, and also in community, university and school settings providing support for school teachers, children, parents, and adults. As a Program Supervisor at Abacus three days a week, Lynette oversees both centre-based and school-based ABA programs, and supports the Clinical Director as Case Manager in other schools.
Lynette also works with clients of all ages at a specialist Psychology service. In this role she provides counselling and therapy for a range of issues, including autism, developmental delay, stress management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, meditation training, behaviour change, amongst others. She is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Kathryn began working as an ABA therapist at Abacus in early 2011 whilst studying a degree in nursing. Her passion for working with autistic children and their families modified her study goals which were on hold while she concentrated on ABA therapy and Case Management with Abacus. Kathryn resumed part-time study to complete a Bachelor of Psychology. As a Case Manager and Senior Team Member at Abacus, Kathryn provides initial and ongoing training for the therapy team. She supports parents, and liaises with other professionals on behalf of our clients.
Tori completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability) at RMIT in 2012 which involved a range of placements across services, such as classroom support at a Special Development School, support worker at Adult Day Services, and developing Positive Behaviour Support Plans with the Department of Human Services. During her time with the Behaviour Support Service Tori recognised the overwhelming importance of early intervention, particularly for individuals with ASD and their families.
Tori joined the Abacus team in 2014 and has quickly become a valuable clinical team member working with both centre-based and school-based students. Tori’s background as a disability professional and excellent interpersonal and communication skills saw her recently move into Case Management at Abacus. As part of this role Tori conducts individual ABA therapy sessions with students, assists with training of new therapists, and liaises with the Clinical Director on programs between Clinical Meetings.
Jack Massey has been an ABA therapist at Abacus since 2013, while at the same time completing a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, majoring in Psychology. Jack went on to complete his Honours year, and this year moved into a Case Management role at Abacus. Jack has worked across students of all ages at Abacus and is the newest member of our Case Management team. He also works as a research assistant for a University Professor, and in the future aims to complete a Masters of Psychology and become a clinical child Psychologist and ABA Program Supervisor.
Amanda Daniel has been an ABA therapist at Abacus since 2014, while at the same time completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Deakin University. Amanda is now undertaking a Honours degree in Psychology.